Seven DASD staff members have been honored by the district as nominees to the 2017 Herb Kohl Fellowship program. The Kohl Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin.
The group was recognized by school board members at their Nov. 14 meeting. Pictured left with Board of Education members are Aimee Koppensteiner, 5th grade teacher at DAMS; Colleen Kollasch, Social Studies Teacher at DAHS; Margi Wachowiak, Library Media Specialist at DAHS; Lori Billings, 3rd grade teacher at EPES; Jane Troz, Speech & Language Pathologist at EPES; Katie Ferkovich, 1st grade teacher at WES; and Jen Parker, 8th grade teacher at DAMS.
The seven applications were submitted to the Kohl Foundation selection committee, who will evaluate nominees from around the state on the following: (1) personal educational philosophy, (2) demonstrated ability to inspire students’ love of learning, (3) creation of innovative projects or programs, (4) commitment to community, (5) unrealized goals for their classroom or professional development, and (6) positive qualities they see in education, and changes they would like to see made to strengthen and improve teach.
Those chosen will receive a $3,000 grant and each recipient’s school will receive a matching $3,000 grant. Recipients’ professional accomplishments are celebrated at a recognition luncheon in the spring.
Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Program
The applications of the public school Kohl fellowship recipients will automatically be used as the applicants for the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year program. Four teachers will be selected, one in each of the four categories. These Teachers of the Year will come to Madison to be interviewed to select Wisconsin’s nominee to the National Teacher of the Year program.